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IEA Devo 2021 GodsSelfDisclosure • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

God’s Self Disclosure – The Disciple-Making Lifestyle

“The Lord Jesus said, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
(John 8:58)


Part One

God’s Word is eternal and unchanging. For that reason, His inspired revelation is holy. It can therefore not be treated like any other literary work in history. It is the opposite of a secular collection of works written by a playwright.
The Bible alone has centuries of divinely inspired authors who have been used by God to collectively disclose His true nature to mankind. The sheer scope of the Bible’s content is uniquely profound. This is why Scripture explains, “what may be known about God is plain…, because God has made it plain. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
(Romans 1:19-20)

Part Two

Ultimately, it is foolish human pride, misplaced anger, spiritual ignorance, fear, or the personal love of self-rule that motivates the rejection of God’s self-disclosure. He alone reveals Eternal Truth. Some unbelievers have even been so blind as to naively deny their own Creator’s existence. Such disbelief is – in and of itself – totally subjective! It fails to comprehend the uniform testimonies and seamless harmony of the Bible’s single redemptive message that was penned by approximately 40 different authors!
This profound reality is especially important because the Bible’s authors spanned many centuries, so few of them were ever privileged to meet. However, their message consistently remained the same! Because they largely lived in different centuries, they could not collaborate or discuss their written accounts. The Psalmist summarized God’s sovereign disclosure of truth saying, “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” (Psalm 119:160)


Part Three

There were no printing presses during the centuries of God’s self-disclosure, so some of the Old Testament authors never had the opportunity to read the other author’s accounts. Nevertheless, without exception they all delivered the same unifying message. They affirmed that God exists – is eternal and that He lovingly communicates! Beyond this, the many future events which they were led to predict, historically came true in great detail. This objective reality alone makes unbelief in Biblical revelation highly — illogical!

God’s self-revelation was public and, in every sense – just as verifiable as the rest of human history. The writer of Hebrews clearly expressed,

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)


Part Four

No, our Creator never intended, nor should He be expected to repeatedly come again in each century to demonstrate His heavenly identity. This is what Jesus meant when He declared, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Our generation, and all those who have personally known the Lord Jesus in the past but have not been privileged to physically see Him, fall into this same spiritual category. From His ascension until this very hour, knowing Him has required – faith! However, accepting Him is totally natural in the light of His self-revelation (see John 1:14). This became obvious when He openly fulfilled everything that the devout Hebrew prophets had been previously inspired to prophesy about Him!
Part Five
Centuries before His marvelous arrival in Bethlehem, the Old Testament prophets wrote much about their Messiah. We also have the testimonies of those who knew Him from His birth until after His resurrection. Additionally, countless millions with changed lives have now described how they came to personally know, love, and honor Him. In view of such open and overwhelming evidence, any remaining human doubt about God’s self-disclosure – appears to honestly be uninformed or sadly self-deluded!
Since “The Word became flesh” (see John 1:14) and He spoke so clearly — as heaven’s revelation; then a kneeling posture of gratitude before Him is the most appropriate way to dedicate our lives to fulfilling His Great Commission! Let’s humbly bow and seek to do His will all day – with all our heart!

By Billie Hanks Jr.

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